In the Stand News trial, the prosecution finally wraps up its questioning of the outlet’s former editor. The trial has been worth following for its sheer weirdness. It must be especially strange for reporters covering the case, seeing members of their own profession being accused of ‘sedition’. And now, they themselves become part of the (or a) wider story after complaints of being followed.
The HK Police seem very touchy about the HK Journalists Association suggestions that they might be connected to the creepy people tailing the reporters…
Apart from the incident where an HKFP court reporter was followed from her home to her workplace last week, HKJA said several journalists from other outlets had said two men attempted to follow them after the Stand News trial last Tuesday.
According to the HKJA, the men had waited outside the press room at District Court. The journalists making the allegation said that the pair had showed their credentials to the court security guard.
One of the men stayed outside the press room for more than an hour, and a reporter told the HKJA that he had attempted to follow them as they left the courtroom.
HKJA also said that the reporters had said they suspected the men were plainclothes law enforcement officers “based on their behaviour and outfits.”
What are the cops more sensitive about – being accused of tailing reporters, or of having plainclothes officers who stand out a mile?